Laser & Light Treatments


Laser Treatments

Lasers are devices that emit a high intensity, specific wavelength of light that can penetrate into the skin and affect a certain target without damaging the surrounding skin and soft tissue. There are many different lasers available today to treat a variety of skin conditions.

At United Dermatology Associates, we have lasers that may address the following concerns:

  • Hair removal
  • Acne and acne scarring
  • Sun spots
  • Broken blood vessels on the face
  • Spider veins
  • Angiomas (red spots on the skin)
  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Sun damage (red/brown blotchy discoloration of the skin)

Fraxel®

0139-Fraxel_1927_HiRes_Medium-300x231Fraxel treatment uses patented fractional technology to target damaged skin with microscopic laser columns that penetrate deep into the skin. The laser treats only a fraction of tissue at a time, leaving the surrounding tissue untouched, which promotes rapid healing. This stimulates your body’s own natural healing process, replacing the old and damaged cells with fresh, glowing, healthy skin.

The results are both immediate and progressive. Soon after the treatment, the surface of your skin will feel softer and smoother, look brighter and show a more even tone. The next 3 to 6 months will bring more improvement as the deeper layers of the skin continue to create new collagen. Results are long lasting depending on your lifestyle, age, skin condition and skin care regimen.

Desired outcomes are typically reached in multiple treatments. The specific number of treatments is tailored to your goals and desired results as well as your lifestyle. We will work with you to identify the appropriate level of treatment and your preferred downtime.

0142-Fraxel_1927_HiRes_Medium-300x231Depending on the level of the treatment, you may experience redness or swelling after the procedure which diminishes as quickly as the next day or over the next several days. Your skin will naturally bronze over the next week or two. As you continue with the treatment sessions, the sunburned-to-bronzed appearance will repeat after each treatment. As with a SUNBURN, your skin will flake and exfoliate normally, revealing fresher, glowing and smoother looking and feeling skin.

Fraxel treatment is a safe option backed by extensive research. Of course, as with any laser procedure there’s always some risk* and/or downtime. You should discuss this with your clinician prior to treatment.

Fraxel® DUAL 1550/1927 resurfacing treatments effectively target both the surface and deeper layers of the skin for a smoother, fresher, younger looking appearance.
• Improved tone and texture
• Reduced wrinkles around the eyes
• Erasing of unwanted brown spots
• Improved appearance of acne scars and surgical scars
• Effective treatment of pre-cancerous lesions (Actinic Keratosis)
• Excellent treatment for face, neck, chest, arms, legs, and back
You do a lot to look and feel great, finding the time to enjoy life to the fullest while still taking care of your body and skin. Yet, the effects of sun, pollution, stress and fatigue can add up, keeping your skin from looking as good as you feel.

The Fraxel DUAL 1550/1927 treatment uses patented fractional laser technology to target aging and sun damaged skin.

The treatment will be tailored to your desired outcomes and can even be combined so that you receive the added benefits of both a superficial and deep laser treatment, both on and off the face. >>Visit Website

Photodynamic Therapy

This treatment is FDA approved for the treatment of actinic keratoses– precancerous lesions on the skin from sun damage that can develop into skin cancer if left untreated. It involves the application of Levulan (aminolevulinic acid 20%) to affected skin and allowing it to incubate for 45 minutes to an hour. The solution is absorbed by the precancerous cells, where it is converted to a chemical that makes the cells extremely sensitive to light. The skin is then exposed to the BLU-U Blue Light Illuminator, and a reaction occurs which destroys the precancerous cells without damaging normal skin. This is a great treatment option for individuals with significant sun damage. It is a simple, quick, in office procedure. It causes a sunburn-like reaction on the skin that resolves within one week. It is very effective in treating the precancerous lesions, but patients also enjoy the cosmetic response, as the majority of patients treated report a significant improvement in the look and feel of their skin. Patients treated with Levulan should avoid exposure to sun for 48 hours post procedure. View Website

Feminine Rejuvenation with ThermiVa®

Childbirth and the natural aging process cause changes which may affect feminine wellness. A particularly strenuous vaginal childbirth, multiple births, and the effects of menopause can cause physical changes which can rob women (and their partners) of their sense of well-being and happiness. Click here for more information.

Non-Invasive Dermal Remodeling with ThermiSmooth®

ThermiSmooth® Face is performed using a specially designed thermistor-regulated hand piece.  As the hand piece gently heats the skin’s surface using dermal heating, it targets problem areas around the eyes, mouth, cheeks and neck. Click here for more information.

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If you've been putting off getting your skin checked, maybe this story will convince you. These pictures show what our patient looked like during rounds of chemo, and the story attached was written by his wife. These are regular folks, no family history of skin cancer, and the "spot" was barely visible. They are actual patients at UDA, and thankfully she knew about a symptom that most people don't realize ....

"A friend of mine who works in the marketing department at United Dermatology recently asked if I could write a blog about my husband’s journey battling melanoma. May is Melanoma Awareness Month. The month is half over and I have yet to find the time to sit down and address this. It is bad timing for us. We were in the middle of the most critical business dealings of our lives and fighting off a case of pneumonia at the same time. He managed to get to the business deal done and get well just in time for a trip we have planned. We are in the hotel and I am awake early (still on Texas time) and this promise to my friend is still nagging at me. It is important. You see, I believe that a random conversation I had with a coworker could very well have saved my husband’s life and if someone randomly happens to be reading this and learns something from it potentially another life could be saved as well.
On that day some of my coworkers were hanging out in my office and one girl was talking about her feet swelling because she had some lymph nodes removed due to a place where she had melanoma on her leg. I was curious and asked her how she knew to get the spot on her leg checked. “What did it look like?” I wanted to know the scoop. Her spot sounded like what you would expect, very dark, irregular edges and changing. One thing she said was, “All I know is if it itches you should get it checked.” I had never heard that before.
Fast forward to my husband’s story. He had just been through another medical battle with heart disease. Unfortunately he has it in his family. At age 48 we discovered his main artery was 100% blocked and another artery was 75% blocked. The first surgery to put in stents was unsuccessful. A second attempt with another surgeon was luckily a success. However he had a rare complication in the artery in his leg that they go in and it required repair. After this healed, the same thing happen in his other leg (from the second surgery). They repaired it but the pseudo-aneurysm was too large and eventually he ended up with a mass in his leg the size of a grapefruit. He was under the knife again with a vascular surgeon. Eventually the leg healed, his heart felt like new and we were on to a new chapter and ready to enjoy life again.
Well, it turns out if it weren’t for bad luck at this time in our lives my sweet hubby would have none. We had moved on with our lives. Working very hard, raising kids, running a hectic sports schedule etc. One day he says the middle of his back really itches and asks me to look at it. Seeing absolutely nothing I scratch his back and send him on his way. A week or so later the same thing. And then again…I tell him he’s crazy there is nothing there. A few days later he does it again. This time I can see the tiniest spot. It did not look anything like you would expect. It is the size of the tip of a pen, pink, round and very, very itchy. I tell him I don’t know but I heard once that if it itches you should get it checked. Amazingly he calls that day and makes an appointment. About a week later the dermatologist assures him it looks fine but biopsies it anyway to be safe. A few days later came the call. It’s melanoma. This not the cut it off and everything will be fine type of skin cancer. It is deadly and fast moving. Surgery is scheduled right away to remove the spot and a large area around it and a few lymph nodes under each arm to see if it has spread. Remember what I said about his luck? It spread. That is how fast this is. In that amount of time! It had literally just surfaced and he had it checked. His survival rate went from around almost 70% to a 24% chance of survival with that news. He went back for another surgery to have all of the lymph nodes removed from under his arm which left him very bruised and swollen and required drains for a few weeks. He was told regular chemo is not effective and the standard course of treatment was interferon for a year which would have harsh side effects, his brain would be very foggy and mental side effects such as depression were quite common and that this would only increase his chance of survival by about 5%. All he could think of was the fact that his family depended on him and being a small business owner the families of his employees also depended on him. That is my husband. Unselfish, hardworking and dedicated is putting it mildly. This won’t work. We research. We find an oncologist who finds a study for us. They are making great progress with immunotherapy but it is still experimental. He is lucky enough to get accepted into a study they are doing at Baylor with a new drug called Ipilimumab (Yervoy). It is given like Chemo at the cancer center over the course of several months. The study had several arms and he was put in the arm which gave the very largest dose of this drug. This was a bit unfortunate because the side effects at this level were huge. It caused many inflammatory issues which were different depending on the patient. For him it was some of the digestive issues but he ended up with the worst case of hives covering his entire body you can ever imagine. He was covered in huge red welts from head to toe. He wanted to crawl out of his skin which was on fire, hot, itchy and painful. This was a low point for sure. They were able to calm it with high doses of steroids which wasn’t ideal but was necessary. He gained weight and became very bloated around his face and neck because he had to stay on the steroids for about 6 months which is much longer than he or the oncologist would have liked but it was necessary. He seemed to be improving. His thyroid was damaged and must be controlled with medicine but slowly and surely he gained his health back for the most part. They had to stop his arm of the study because they lost too many people due to the harsh side effects at that dose. The study is not fully completed yet but we recently found out they have approved the drug he was on for stage 3 and 4 patients. We cannot begin to tell you how grateful we are that he made it through and that he got this drug. The research is very promising but there is still much to learn.
Fast forward to now. 4 years and still cancer free! Thank God. He gets scans every 6 months and is relatively healthy. The gratitude we feel is enormous. We are about to begin our retirement and move to be near our boys who are grown and my family. We are so grateful for every day and every moment we have with the people we love. If you take nothing else away from this story please remember to get anything remotely suspicious at all on your skin checked IMMEDIATELY. Melanoma is no joke, it is fast and very deadly. If you catch it early there are resources to help you. If it ends up being nothing, be filled with gratitude. Eat healthy, exercise, wear sunscreen and get your skin checked every year by a dermatologist! Enjoy your day with your friends and family and stay healthy!"
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